DVSA Test procedures during COVID

by | Dec 12, 2021

THE PRACTICAL TEST

You must take:

  • your UK driving licence
  • your theory test pass certificate, if you have it
  • a face covering, unless you have a good reason not to wear one
  • a car – most people use their driving instructor’s, but you can use your own car if it meets the rules

You must not go to your test if:

Wear a face covering

You must bring and wear a face covering for your test, unless you have a good reason not to. This must be stated at the time of booking the test. Good reasons are things like:

  • having a physical or mental illness or impairment, or a disability
  • wearing it would cause you severe distress

The car

The car you use must have the windows open throughout the test. Wear clothing suitable for the weather.

If you do not have a photocard licence – Bring a valid passport and your paper licence.

If you have a licence from Northern Ireland – Bring the Northern Ireland photocard and paper counterpart.

If you’ve lost your theory test certificate – You do not need to get a replacement theory test certificate. Your driving examiner will check that you’ve passed your theory test before your driving test starts

THE THEORY TEST

You must take:

  • your UK photocard driving licence.
  • If you have a paper licence you must also bring a valid passport.  If you do not have a passport, you must get a photocard licence.
  • if you have a licence from Northern Ireland, bring the photocard and paper counterpart licence.

Wear a face covering

You must wear a face covering at your test. If you do not wear one, you must have a good reason, for example:

  • you have a physical or mental illness, impairment or disability
  • wearing it would cause you severe distress

Wearing glasses does not count as a good reason.

You need to say why you cannot wear a face covering when you book your test. If you do not, and you come to your test without a face covering, your test will be cancelled.

If you’ve already booked your test and did not say that you cannot wear a face covering, contact DVSA.

DVSA theory test booking support  
Telephone: 0300 200 1122
Monday to Friday, 8am to 4pm
Find out about call charges

You must not go to your test if:

Change your theory test appointment for free if you need to self-isolate on the day of your test.

Personal belongings

You will not have access to your personal items in the test room. This includes things like:

  • bags
  • earphones
  • mobile phones
  • watches

You’ll usually have to store any personal items in a locker.

If your test centre does not have lockers, you must:

  • turn off your phone before you enter the test centre
  • put your belongings in a clear plastic box that will be given to you – this must be stored under your desk during the test

The test centre staff will check if you have anything with you that could be used to cheat. Your test will not go ahead if you do not let them check.